The KäPy-project mid-term seminar Deconstructing Myths in Wooden Multi-Storey Construction was held on the 12th of March 2018 at the University of Helsinki Think Corner. The seminar gathered representatives from construction, government and research organizations to discuss wooden multi-storey construction (WMC); its myths and research needs in both Finland and Sweden.
The key note speaker, Associate Professor Tomas Nord from Linköping University, mapped the progress and future prospects of WMC in Sweden in his speech. According to Dr. Nord, the technical difficulties of WMC have mostly been solved, and wooden multi-storey buildings have reached a market share of 10% in Sweden. The Swedish construction sector has succeeded in creating new, efficient technological solutions as well as business models to advance the field. The market share of WMC is expected to increase further towards year 2025.
Increased end-user involvement in WMC?
The researchers of the KäPy-project shared research results concerning the views of business, municipalities and end-users on WMC in Finland.
Researcher Juho Pöyhönen discussed about the prerequisites of a functioning business ecosystem and its meaning in the field of WMC. Pöyhönen highlighted, that new courses of action, such as active knowledge transfer between the project actors, creates an important continuum for the project-based business models that are currently common.
As for the end-users, consumer researcher Eliisa Kylkilahti emphasized, that knowledge transfer between the companies and the future residents is needed, too. In the construction projects, the end-users would like to know more about the properties of wood, even though the significance of the construction material in housing preferences is rather small. In addition, the future residents want to have an effect on their surroundings, such as yard planning and interior decoration.
Researcher Florenzia Francini is currently studying how the civil servants of municipalities’ perceive WMC. So far, Franzini has observed, that some of the civil servants see potential in WMC in terms of economy and new jobs as well as providing a pleasant living environment and better quality of life for the residents of municipalities.
In the panel discussion, actors operating in the field of WMC aimed at unravelling the myths surrounding WMC. One of the key messages arising from the discussion was that the Finnish WMC field should follow the model set by Sweden in acquiring good business models and an increased number of new actors to the field, in order to gain a more stable foothold in the building industry.
- The KäPy-team
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